Riitta Salmelin
Department of Neuroscience and Biomedical Engineering

Riitta Salmelin

Professor

Contact information

Postal address
Rakentajanaukio 2 C
Mobile phone
+358503442745
Full researcher profile
https://research.aalto.fi/...

Description

Noninvasive neuroimaging methods are invaluable tools for exploring the neural basis of the human mind. My focus is on language function as an integral part of human cognition. At the same time, language offers a valuable cognitive probe for assessing the type of information that can be extracted with brain imaging. Descriptive language models, largely based on observations of patients with language disorders, serve as a useful conceptual framework. However, computationally explicit models of language are needed to link behaviour to neuroimaging measures for an in-depth understanding of the human mind and language function. Such models may now be within reach owing to the accumulating imaging data, increasing understanding of the functional significance of the different measures, and adoption of machine learning approaches used in the field of language technology. Besides the obvious relevance to language and imaging neuroscience, well-defined behavioural-neuroimaging models will feed back to language technology for improved practical solutions, as well as lay the foundation for a rigorous, individual-level assessment and potential rehabilitation of language disorders. This type of work is necessarily multidisciplinary: experimental and methodological expertise must live side by side and be constantly exchanged in common research projects to educate a new generation of individuals with genuine interdisciplinary knowhow supplementing strong primary fields of expertise.

Areas of expertise

Brain Research MEG fMRI Imaging Neuroscience Neuroimaging Magnetoencephalography Neural connectivity Systems neuroscience Language function

Honors and awards

Award or honor granted for academic career
Department of Neuroscience and Biomedical Engineering
Mar 2016

Curt von Euler Honorary Award and Lecture (Sweden) 100 participants, 99% foreigners

Award or honor granted for academic career
Department of Neuroscience and Biomedical Engineering
Dec 2015

Justine and Yves Sergent Award (Canada)

Award or honor granted for a specific work
Department of Neuroscience and Biomedical Engineering
Jan 2003

Philips Nordic Prize 2003 for Research on Neurodevelopmental Disorders Philips AB, Sweden

Award or honor granted for a specific work
Department of Neuroscience and Biomedical Engineering
Jan 2000

Wiley Young Investigator Award 2000 Human Brain Mapping, USA

Award or honor granted for a specific work
Department of Neuroscience and Biomedical Engineering
Jan 2011

Fellow of the International Society for Functional Source Imaging (ISFSI) International Society for Functional Source Imaging (ISFSI), Canada

Award or honor granted for a specific work
Department of Neuroscience and Biomedical Engineering
Jan 2012

Academy Professor Finnish Academy, Finland

Award or honor granted for a specific work
Department of Neuroscience and Biomedical Engineering
Jan 2012

kutsumenettelyllä Full Professor Aalto University, Finland

Award or honor granted for academic career
Department of Neuroscience and Biomedical Engineering
Jan 2016

Knight, First Class, of the Order of the White Rose of Finland

Award or honor granted for academic career
Department of Neuroscience and Biomedical Engineering
Jan 2009

Member of the Finnish Academy of Science and Letters

Award or honor granted for academic career
Department of Neuroscience and Biomedical Engineering
Jan 2002

Member of Academia Europaea

Publications

Department of Neuroscience and Biomedical Engineering
Publishing year: 2019 Neuropsychologia
Department of Neuroscience and Biomedical Engineering
Publishing year: 2019 Nature Communications
Department of Signal Processing and Acoustics, Department of Neuroscience and Biomedical Engineering, Speech Recognition
Publishing year: 2019 MEMORY AND COGNITION
Department of Signal Processing and Acoustics, Department of Neuroscience and Biomedical Engineering, Speech Recognition
Publishing year: 2019
Centre of Excellence in Computational Inference, COIN, Department of Computer Science, Department of Neuroscience and Biomedical Engineering, Professorship Kaski S., Helsinki Institute for Information Technology HIIT, Probabilistic Machine Learning
Publishing year: 2019 Human Brain Mapping
Department of Neuroscience and Biomedical Engineering
Publishing year: 2019 Brain Topography
Aalto University, Department of Neuroscience and Biomedical Engineering
Publishing year: 2019 Human Brain Mapping
Department of Neuroscience and Biomedical Engineering
Publishing year: 2019 The Oxford Handbook of Neurolinguistics
Department of Neuroscience and Biomedical Engineering
Publishing year: 2019 NeuroImage
Department of Neuroscience and Biomedical Engineering
Publishing year: 2018 Language, Cognition and Neuroscience